The Medical Technologist serves as an expert providing authoritative advice and consultation for more markedly difficult, complex, unique and/or emerging tests requiring special knowledge. Examples include, but are not limited to, molecular/deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA)/genetic testing. Advises all organizational levels on various aspects of specialized testing, including appropriateness that takes into consideration clinical context. The Medical Technologist Specialist serves as an expert, providing authoritative advice and consultation for more difficult, complex, or unique tests requiring special knowledge. Assists the supervisor with technical phases of the organization on various aspects of Microbiology testing: including appropriateness (that takes into consideration clinical context). Facilitates team or unit processes by working in collaboration with team members to ensure that tasks, priorities, goals are coordinated with management. The candidate must have the following to be considered for the position: Develops and reviews Molecular Pathology policies and procedures Attends vendor training for a complex analytical instrument and is responsible for training employees in its operation. Defines reference values/ranges using statistical methods, maintains and monitors quality control per system protocols Performs complex maintenance procedures and is consulted as the in house expert for troubleshooting problems Assists supervisor in coordinating the laboratory proficiency testing program. Works with other clinics to ensure standardization of testing/methods throughout our system Provides new employee orientation and training, retraining and new testing/method training as needed Evaluates competency of staff in the performance of Molecular Pathology testing/methods Works with Supervisor and System Quality Assurance officer in developing, monitoring and reporting of all Quality Management issues and monitors promptly and accurately Evaluates testing/methods for ongoing compliance with established protocols and guidelines Is responsible for maintaining awareness and compliance of all applicable accreditation checklists Evaluates and recommends new tests to be incorporated into the laboratory testing menu. Designs and prepares appropriate instrument maintenance logs, reviews these logs monthly, and assures that proper routine maintenance is being done by technologists. Maintains appropriate levels of supplies and reagents for efficient operation Evaluates testing activities to assess ongoing day-to-day compliance with established protocols and guidelines Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis taking into account physiologic processes and requirements. Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnoses deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction. Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement. Adheres to practices and regulations governing bio-safety and bio-security in the workplace. Identifies discrepancies, solves problems and presents solutions. Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results. Interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures. Evaluates and implements new techniques and procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, and establishment of refence intervals using and theoretical knowledge. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday; 7:00 am - 3:30 pm Rotating weekends and holidays Financial Disclosure Report: Not required
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.